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Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire - Lausanne
U 964
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Biblia Porta
Parchment · VI + 522 + VI ff. · 33 x 24.5 cm · France · end of 13th century
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The Biblia Porta manuscript, which bears the name of its last private owner, is an illuminated Bible from the Franco-Flemish region, produced at the end of the 13th century. The value of this unique and extraordinary work lies in the quality of its textual illustrations: 337 scenes of great artistic refinement, very lively and expressive. The illustrations consist of historiated initials, ornamental initials, drolleries and marginal illustrations. The text, which is written in extremely carefully formed calligraphy on very fine parchment, is St. Jerome's Vulgate version of the Bible in Latin, revised in Paris in the second quarter of the 13th century. This document is one of the few remaining works from this particular school of book decoration in northern France. (min)
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Roulin Alfred, "La Bible Porta" dans: Mélanges Charles Gillard, F. Rouge, Lausanne 1944, p. 180-186.
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Lausanne, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire - Lausanne, U 964: Biblia Porta (
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13th century
Figurative, Fully Painted, Gold / Silver, Initial, Margin, Ornamental, Penwork
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Alison Stones, Gothic manuscripts 1260-1320, London, Harvey Miller, 2013, I-1 p. 34, 39, 69 ; I-2 p. 301 ; II-2 p. 35, 74 n.5, 75,76-87, 234 n.55, ill. 140-146, p. 25-26.

Dix siècles de livres français : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lucerne, 9 juillet-2 octobre 1949, Lucerne, 1949, item 20, Pl IV

Wirth Jean, Les marges à drôleries des manuscrits gothiques, 1250- 1350, Genève, Droz, 2008, pp. 59-61, et p. 230. Ill. fol. 385

Smeyers, Maurits (Verboomen, Monique trad.)
L'art de la miniature flamande du VIIIe au XVIe siècle,
Tournai, La Renaissance du livre, 1998, p. 150 et ill. 56 du fol 522v

Beer Ellen J. (1961), "Zum Problem der "Biblia Porta", in Beer Ellen J., Hofer Paul, Mojon Luc (éd.), Festschrift Hans R. Hahnloser. Zum 60. Geburtstag, Basel ; Stuttgart : Birkhäuser Verlag, pp. 271-288.

Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire Lausanne (1976), Manuscrits, livres, estampes des collections vaudoises : [catalogue de l'] exposition présentée par la Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire, Lausanne, Musée des arts décoratifs - 25 juin-5 septembre 1976, [Lausanne], [Impr. Réunies], pp. 13-14.

Bruckner Albert (1967), Scriptoria Medii Aevi Helvetica. Denkmäler schweizerischer Schreibkunst des Mittelalters. XI: Schreibschulen der Diözese Lausanne, Genève: Druck und Verlag Roto-Sadag AG, p. 138.

Vadon Annick (1989), Problèmes de la «Bible Porta», Mémoire de licence en histoire de l’art, Lausanne: s.n.

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